William Gaventa, MDiv

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Department of Pediatrics
335 George Street
Suite 3500
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-235-9304
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: July 09, 2014


Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Associate Professor, Project Director, Clinical Pastoral Education Program
Director, Community & Congregational Supports
Discipline(s): Disability Studies
AUCD Council Membership: Community Education Directors' Council
Research: Aging, Cultural Diversity, Community Support, Direct Support, Faith Based Supports, Religion, Sexuality, Spiritual Supports
Education: Clinical Pastoral Education,Cultural Diversity, Community Support, Direct Support, Faith Based Supports, Grief, Person Centered Thinking, Religion, Self Directed Supports, Sexuality, Spiritual Supports
Service: Ethics, Faith Based Supports, Loss, Self Directed Supports, Sexuality, Spiritual Supports



Bill Gaventa serves as Director of Community and Congregational Supports at the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, and Associate Professor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The Boggs Center is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey and is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

In his role at The Boggs Center, Bill works on community supports, training for community services staff and workforce development, initiatives in cultural competence, supervision of a program in Clinical Pastoral Education, and inclusive congregational supports. He also coordinates a training and technical assistance team for the New Jersey Self Directed Supports Projects, including the Self Determination Initiative.

Bill has served in a variety of professional and volunteer roles. Before coming to New Jersey, he was Coordinator of Family Support for the Georgia Developmental Disabilities Council. He moved to Georgia from New York, where he served as Chaplain and Coordinator of Religious Services for the Monroe Developmental Center. He was a graduate of Stetson University in Florida and Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

As writer and author, he is Co-Editor of the Journal of Religion Disability, and Health, editor of two newsletters, and a columnist for Insight, the national newsletter of the ArcUSA. Writings include journal articles, book chapters, monographs, resource collections, booklets, and three edited books.

In volunteer roles, Bill has served as Executive Secretary for the Religion and Spirituality Division of the AAIDD since 1985.